Rich, complex gewürztraminer that lifts the variety a level or two (...) Dry River has definitely done it again!
About The Wine
So often, Gewurztraminer is typecast as sweet and overtly floral but it is wines like this single vineyard rendition from Dry River that remind us what a huge mistake that can be.
Here we have a complex white wine with layered stone fruit, spices and earthy musk. The nose is aromatic but not overtly so and the palate is powerful, structured and luscious. The few years of age bring a lovely savouriness that only increases the complexity and drinkability.
A stunning white wine from a much admired producer.
About Dry River
The name Dry River carries an historical significance as the name of one of the earliest Wairarapa sheep stations (ca. 1877). This was later sold off by the Seddon government and renamed Dyerville, leaving the renamed Waihora River (circa 1900) and the renamed Dyerville Rd (1994) - both after Dry River - as the only reminders of this part of our pastoral farming history
In 1979 Neil and Dawn McCallum planted a vineyard a few kilometres from Dyerville in a very dry, gravely and free-draining area now called the 'Martinborough Terrace' and they took the name Dry River for the vineyard and wines in what was to become another chapter of Martinborough's farming history. Their dream was to produce individual, high quality regional wines which faithfully reflect the 'terroir', vintage and are suitable for cellaring.